To the Jew first and also to the Gentile To the Jew first and also to the Gentile

Rosh HaShanah (Yom Teruah)

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Does the prayer shawl mean the same thing as the yarmulka?
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Rosh HaShanah litterally means, "Head of the Year." It is the Jewish New Year because it begins the High Holy Days, usually falling around the Gregorian calendar's September or October. Originally commanded in Leviticus 23: 24 and 25 to be, "a rest, a reminder by blowing {of trumpets}," Yom Teruah literally means, "Day of Blowing."

Rosh HaShanah is a festive day of fun and feasting. It ushers in the countdown to Yom Kippur and begins the time of cleansing and purification of the community in preparation for the plea for yearly atonement on the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. (Click here for more on Yom Kippur.)

As Believers in Yeshuah Rosh HaShanah also reminds us that we are waiting for the last shofar to sound on the day of our Messiah's return (Matthew 24:31, 1 Corinthians 15:52).